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Daily Archives: April 19, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

Disconnect Between Perceived Jobs and Future of the Industry a Major Coastal Challenge

Truck Loggers Association
April 16, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) recently commissioned a public opinion poll to better understand public sentiment towards the forest industry – and some of the findings are concerning. Most notable is the “disconnect” between the perceived future of the industry (most are optimistic) and the perceived existence of forestry jobs (most believe there is a shortage of jobs). Our concern lies in the fact that at a time when our members and other forest sector employers are growing and looking to fill thousands of positions, prospective workers in our coastal communities are looking elsewhere.

So what’s going on and why do we care? 

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Business & Politics

Diversity in forestry is the way to go, say Truck Loggers

Campbell River Mirror
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Restricting log exports won’t help B.C.’s forestry industry, but encouraging diversification will, says Dwight Yochim, executive director of The Truck Loggers Association. The coastal-based association of independent loggers has approximately 425 members, including 74 in Campbell River. “That is a pretty significant number of employers and a big part of Campbell River’s economy,” says Yochim during a stop in the city Tuesday.

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Interest rate hikes on hold as bank of Canada cuts growth forecast

But forestry, mining should boost B.C.’s fortunes, credit union analyst says
The Vancouver Sun
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Bank of Canada cut its 2013 growth forecast Wednesday to 1.5 per cent and said it now thinks the economy won’t get back up to full speed until mid-2015 – about six months later than predicted earlier this year… Central 1 Credit Union economist Bryan Yu cited forestry and mining as industries that will keep the B.C. economy growing, with forestry picking up as the U.S. housing market gains momentum, and mining slated for growth in 2015 and beyond.

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Nanaimo firefighters help control Harmac hog fuel blaze

Nanaimo Daily News
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

City fire crews were called to the Harmac pulp mill Tuesday afternoon to assist the mill’s firefighters extinguish a blaze in a large pile of hog fuel. Grant Brebber, a spokesman for the mill, said that with the assistance of Nanaimo’s fire crews, the blaze was brought quickly under control. Brebber said it’s not uncommon for fires to break out by spontaneous combustion in the hog fuel due to compression over a long period of time.

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Today’s issue: Forestry and log exports

Campbell River Mirror
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week we asked the North Island’s three MLA candidates:

1. What is your party’s policy or plan for log exports?
2. How does your party’s forestry policy benefit companies, workers and the environment, specifically for the North Island?

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Corner Brook optimistic over $90M loan

Former mill employee hopes loan ‘doesn’t pad the pockets of mill management’
CBC News
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Corner Brook city officials and former mill workers in central Newfoundland are weighing in on a multi-million dollar loan for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper….  Coun. Leo Bruce said it’s fantastic news for the city of Corner Brook — and for the western and northern region of the island.  “The mill is an integral part of the economy here in Corner Brook and western Newfoundland, and this announcement should give the mill a strong look ahead to the future,” said Bruce.

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Premier insists mill loan not linked to Muskrat Falls

CBC.ca
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Kathy Dunderdale denies the government needs to keep the paper mill in Corner Brook going in order to justify the multibillion-dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. “It doesn’t make any kind of sense,” said Dunderdale. “We have factored that into all of our considerations.” …About 10 per cent of electricity generated in the province is used by three major industries: the Duck Pond copper mine, Come By Chance oil refinery, and the paper mill in Corner Brook, which uses the most power of the three.

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Are Lumber Prices Too High?

woodworkingnetwork.com
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

That certainly is the sense I’m getting from the lumber-using community. Just when it looks like business is starting to pick up, softwood lumber is going up faster than any other commodity out there. And hardwood lumber is starting to pick up steam as well… Looking just at these trends, you might think that lumber prices are approaching historical highs and are due to come down sometime soon.

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The lumber products industry knocks on wood

MSN Money
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Sitting last week back at number 192 on the Zack’s Industry Rank list, strong recent demand for building materials — and upgrades to the earnings estimate revisions that followed– have pushed key players in the timber industry back into the spotlight. This week, the building products/wood industry now enjoys a Zack’s Industry Rank of 32.

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Southern Oregon Loses Another Mill

OPB News
April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A Southern Oregon company is closing its Cave Junction lumber mill after 90 years in business, with officials blaming inadequate timber supply off the federal forests. The closure of the Rough & Ready Lumber mill means the loss of 85 jobs in the economically distressed community in rural Josephine County. “We deeply regret having to close the family lumber business that my grandparents founded in 1922,” said Jennifer Phillippi, CEO and co-owner of Rough & Ready.

Closure of Rough & Ready mill in Josephine County highlights logging stalemate in Congress from The Oregonian

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Ngodwana mill receives new pulp dryer

Creamer Media’s Engineering News
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Global paper and dissolving wood pulp producer Sappi recently replaced the pulp dryer at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, after its old dryer had reached the end of its economic life. The new dryer was installed one week after the old 35-m-long, 19-m-high and 12-m-wide pulp dryer was removed last month. “To be cost effective, the old dryer had to be demolished and the new dryer had to be installed in its place inside the existing building…”

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Wood Processors Look to New Innovations at Upcoming Summit

Scoop Independent News
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

World leaders of wood processing, manufacturing and new product technologies are converging on Australasia in September. The major draw card is this regions first business to business wood industry show, WoodEXPO 2013.Wood Processors Look to New Innovations at Upcoming Summit. World leaders of wood processing, manufacturing and new product technologies are converging on Australasia in September. The major draw card is this region’s first “business to business” wood industry show, WoodEXPO 2013.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New Wood Powder Coating Article Details Powder Coated Wood Curing Methods

GCC Coatings continues to provide educational materials to potential clients and customers with its latest powder coated wood curing article. The company is building a wood powder coating virtual reference collection to help spread the word about how the process works as well as the features and benefits of its use.
PRWeb
April 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

In its latest full disclosure article, powder coated wood manufacturer, GCC Coatings, explains the types of heat ovens that could be used to cure a powder coat. The newest article provides a concise, yet in depth analysis of the three curing ovens being used by powder coat wood manufacturers. Curing is the final stage of the process; occurring just before the parts are packaged. During this crucial step powder coated parts are rapidly heated to the optimal curing temperature.

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Forestry

Cameras to replace people in fire lookout towers

CBC News
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The NDP is fired up over the Saskatchewan government’s decision to get rid of the people who look out for forest fires. Those who work in the elevated lookoutposts will be replaced with cameras. Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff says the move will save money. However, he maintains the primary issue is safety. …The New Democrat Opposition criticized the move, saying a similar change failed in Australia.

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UBC forestry student wins ‘Green Dream’ internship with Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie

HQ Grande Prairie
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A contest organized by the Forestry Products Association of Canada has doled out paid summer internships for students looking into forestry careers. The grand prize winner of the “Green Dream” chose to spend the summer in Grande Prairie working for Weyerhaeuser as a Timberlands Forestry Intern Vancouver native Dana Aljanaby says the contest rules said she could only apply for one of 8 possible internships, and she really wanted some forestry experience.

Click here for a press release from Forest Products Association of Canada

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Loggers need repair as much as equipment

Merritt Herald
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of Merritt’s main industries is logging. As well, this is the time of year when the snow in the forests around us begins to melt, which creates muddy logging roads that are sometimes impassable. Thus, the logging crews and their heavy equipment are forced to take a well-deserved and much-needed break. Loggers call this spring break up. However, if you think that the spring break up is just a time for everyone in the industry to sit back and relax, you are incorrect.

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Caribou count may be lowest ever

Kamloops Daily News
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A herd of endangered mountain caribou in Wells Gray may have dropped to its lowest number, but the latest survey data are under wraps according to a scientist who lives near the park.  Trevor Goward said this year’s count — which found only 58 animals from a herd that numbered 400 in recent years — was leaked and the figures won’t be publicly released for weeks. …A lichenologist who studies the tree lichens on which the caribou feed, Goward has been lobbying for a moratorium on low-elevation clearcut logging that borders the park in the upper Clearwater Valley.

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Kwakiutl First Nation leave group negotiating resource deals

Victoria Times Colonist
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A northern Vancouver Island band has pulled out of an organization designed to streamline consultation between First Nations, government and resource companies. … Kwakiutl has also rejected the agreement designed to co-ordinate government-to-government consultation and help with revenue-sharing projects. The agreement has not stopped large amounts of timber being harvested from Kwakiutl traditional territory and the band does not have sufficient resources to assess applications, Larochelle said.

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Canada boreal forest pact between conservationists and companies falling apart

Toronto Star
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

When Canada’s forest industry and conservation activists came together in May 2010 to sign the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, it was a unique marriage: the almost two dozen large companies and nine leading environmental agencies vowed immediate reforms. That marriage is crumbling. Greenpeace opted out of the agreement in December and now Canopy, a forest conservation agency, says it is out.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Seeks Nominations for Forestry Research Advisory Council

The Bladen Journal
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the re-establishment of the Forestry Research Advisory Council and is seeking nominations for new members.
“This council will play a critical role as USDA continues to lead the way in forest conservation efforts,” said Vilsack. “We base our forest conservation policies and decisions on the best available science, and this group will bring the expertise and experience to help us continue that practice.”

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All eyes on forest peace deal signatories

The Premier has conceded Tasmania’s forest peace deal law will fail if signatories do not the amended legislation.
ABC Online
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Upper House has radically re-written the bill, delaying the permanent protection of 270,000 hectares of forest until at least October 2014. The Lower House has been recalled later this month to debate the changes. Peace deal signatories have a week to decide whether they can live with the changes and have not ruled out asking the Government to undo them.

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Forest releases decision on project for Dorset-Peru area

vtdigger.org
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Green Mountain National Forest released the Decision Notice and Final Environmental Assessment for the Dorset Peru Integrated Resource Project this week. The Decision Notice provides the rationale for the selection of the management activities to be implemented for the Dorset Peru Integrated Resource Project. The Final Environmental Assessment discloses the environmental effects of proposed management activities within the Dorset Peru Project Area.

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Private Sector Key Funder of Sustainable Forest Management

Feature: Private Sector Emerges As Key Potential Funder of Sustainable Forest Management
Scoop Independent News
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As countries around the world struggle to find the necessary funds to sustainably manage their forests, the private sector is emerging as a key source of financing that, if tapped properly, could result in benefits for the environment along with profits for businesses. “The private sector is among the new, emerging and innovative sources of forest financing,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Hu Wongbo said during the tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests.

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Ministry’s treatment of forest death shabby

Council of Trade Unions
Scoop.co.nz
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Shane Philip Frater, 28, died on 1 May 2009 in a forestry block near Te Pohue, off the Napier-Taupo Rd, when he was hit by a branch of a tree as it slid down a hillside. “Despite the Department of Labour carrying out the investigation it now has no record on its database of this forestry death, or record of his death in the statistics for forestry deaths in 2009, raising questions about how many other Forest fatalities are not recorded,” Helen Kelly said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Provincial regulation should limit carbon

Letter by Brian Nimeroski
Victoria Times Colonist
April 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Clearing the air on carbon trust,” April 16. The Nature Conservancy, owner of the Darkwoods forest, has been paid several million dollars of public money to watch the trees grow. If nothing else, someone should be telling the public just why provincial regulation isn’t used in place of convoluted carbon trusts to establish acceptable levels of industrial carbon emissions.

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BC And The Baseline Brouhaha Part Two: Seek Not, Find Not

April 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Christian Schadendorf says he was taken aback when he read “An Audit of Carbon-Neutral Government”, the provincial Auditor General’s (AG) much-ballyhooed take-down of the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), a state-owned enterprise that buys carbon offsets in support of the province’s Carbon Neutral Government program.

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Climate: Do fungi drive the forest carbon cycle?

Summit County Citizens Voice
April 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Humble mushrooms may play a much greater role in regulating forest carbon cycles than previously understood, according to new research from Sweden. Most scientific literature suggests that the plant matter in northern forests is responsible for sequestering atmospheric carbon, but after carefully analyzing numerous soil samples, the Swedish scientists concluded that mycorrhizal fungi, which live in association with plant roots, are trapping the carbon deep in the ground as part of the process of nutrient exchange between the fungi and plant species.

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Regional Environmental Groups Join To Discuss Fracking, Fuel, And Forests At Sluggo’s On April 25

The Chattanoogan
April 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Most people are unaware that national forests, state parks, and other public lands are fast becoming the new battleground in the energy wars. Stop Fracking Around Chattanooga and the Sierra Club will join forces at Sluggo’s North on April 25 to help people learn more. Ernie Reed of Heartwood will discuss how national forests are under pressure from oil and gas drilling, as well as fracking operations and increased logging for biofuels.

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General

BC And The Baseline Brouhaha Part Two: Seek Not, Find Not

April 19, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Christian Schadendorf says he was taken aback when he read “An Audit of Carbon-Neutral Government”, the provincial Auditor General’s (AG) much-ballyhooed take-down of the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), a state-owned enterprise that buys carbon offsets in support of the province’s Carbon Neutral Government program.

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